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>>> 24 this morning on "meet the press," mitt romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i reprent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic g
back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people? why isn't it too late to believe that after you announce your running mate, after you have your own convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you'll have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also for the first time you're going to have them be able to make a direct side-by-side comparison. remember, at the end of the day, campaigns are about the candidates. and they're going to be able to see the two candidates next to each other, debating each other, and governor
street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. the two, however, are neck in >> reporter: earlier this week we were reporting new numbers for ohio and florida where president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy.
. >> it's considered a must win state for mitt romney but it's now out of reach or is it. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail. plus -- >> coming up i'll show you how parents are fighting back after seeing an increase of prostitutes outside this san jose elementary school. >> prostitutes near the playground. parents say it's happening near washington elementary school in san jose. >> not just at night but actually during school hours. marianne favro joins us with a look at the problem and what parents are doing. they have to be outraged. >> reporter: they certainly are. they say it's been going on for months. more than 100 parents plan to walk this neighborhood tomorrow night to raise awareness about the prostitution problem here. they say that hookers are doing business right in front of this school. school's out at washington elementary in san jose. parents are on edge worried what their kids will see on the way home. too often they see prostitutes. >> they happen in the day, in the night, all the time. you can see ladies walking in the street. >> alicia grew up in this ne
you tomorrow. >>> this morning on "early today," politics and policy. mitt romney sharpens his foreign policy attacks as the president prepares to step onto the world stage. >>> celestial stunner. new images capture an awesome display of the northern lights. >>> and talk about find of a lifetime. an artwork purchased at a thrift store fetches tens of thousands at auction. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with foreign affairs. president obama will take a brief diplomatic detour from his campaign front lines to address the simmering crises in iran, syria, and the broader muslim world before the united nations general assembly. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. there's a lot at stake here. the president is explaining where we stand on some of the big issues internationally, but also this is a big issue and a big speech for the president himself politically. >> first thing is first here. we do have an election ahead. i've got a lot of thin
the u.n., i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. >>> mitt romney is in new york this morning. he received a warm welcome from the former president bill clinton. romney announcing plans for a prosperity pack. this is aimed at u.s. foreign aid to nations that create positive business climates and open to investment and trade. >> nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america's own economy. and that is that free people pursuing happiness in their own ways build a strong and prosperous nation. >> romney arguing healthy free market conditions are the best ways to foster economic development all around the world. >>> today is national voter registration day. students at uc berkeley will help their peers to get out and vote in november. student representatives from latino are helping on the cal campus all day today. there will be a special program educating students about the importance of voting. registration runs throughout the day. the program starts at noon. >>> people in sa
that mitt romney has tried to exploit. >> they have thrown israel under the bus. >> i have executed on my foreign policy, one that people largely agree with. so if governor mitt romney is suggesting we should start another war, he should say so. >>> tonight, hillary clinton is meeting with netanyahu, representing the president. it is still unclear how much of today's talk is aimed to do something talks have not achieved, get iran to negotiate >> all right, how close is iran to the point of no return? there is a big difference between american intelligence and israel's view, the u.s. feels there is at least a year, and no need to take action quickly. israel wants it to be quicker and for the u.s. to be involved. >>> meanwhile, on the campaign trail, the candidates were shadowing each other in a crucial swing state, this time, virginia, chief correspondent chuck todd has more. >> reporter: good evening, savannah, the presidential campaign, of course is focused on nine states where the polls are close. and every year, one state stands out from the rest, in 2000, it was florida, ohio, more an
. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. today mitt romney appears to be losing ground in ohio. today's "new york times" cbs poll finds romney trailing president obama by 10% in ohio. but that's not all. romney trails the president by 12% in pennsylvania and by 9% in florida. as you might know, these are all key swing states. analysts blame the slide on the leaked video in which he disparaged americans for paying no income tax, something he is addressing in a new ad campaign. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. >> i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims. >> ohio is key, and they are both campaigning in ohio today. the candidates had different targets in that state. romney went after working class voters while president obama rallied at two colleges. early voting has already begun in more than two dozen states. >>> plus, still ahead here at 5:00, a health warning for a bay area city not used to that type of thre
, mitt romney, speak at the clinton global initiative annual meeting also today. in nearly back-to-back speeches. hot topics for both, the u.s. response to anti-american protests across the muslim world. and we'll have more on this coming up. >>> now let's head to wall street and cnbc's courtney reagan is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more about the global bacon shortage on the way. al is very concerned this morning. he can't function. >> as are a number of others. this could be true, if you're a bacon lover, you better start hoarding it now. according to britain's national pig association, a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon next year is unavoidable. it's a result of the drought that hit much of the country this year. which damaged the crops used to feed the pigs. so the group predicts that the number of slaughtered pigs could fall by 10% in the second half of next year, and that could cause prices to double in some areas. natalie, back to you. >> stocking up now. courtney reagan, thanks. >>> what better way to show a little school spirit than to boogie down. the o
or break for mitt romney? the political dream team, brokaw, gregory, todd here to weigh in. >> thirst, remember the guinness world attempt for the most pullups in 24 hours. there has been a significant development overnight. we will talk to david coming up. >>> we want to begin with the deadly shooting at a business in minneapolis. kevin tibbles is there. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, witnesses say the alleged 36-year-old gunman may have lost his job here at the accent sign company sometime yesterday morning. he then turned a quiet afternoon tragic, opening fire on fellow employees. by the time he was done, five people were dead, including the shooter who turned the gun on himself. police say a man opened fire inside a small sign company late thursday afternoon. a woman living near the business says one worker took shelter in her home for about 30 minutes. >> he came running up the side of the garage in the front, asked my husband if he could use a phone, said he was running from the shooter. he watched his boss get shot and his best friend and two other people. it is tr
's move to politics now. >>> president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate just one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director, chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he has this bus trip this week. he is trying to get it back into play. the president is heading there today to try to put the state away. it's why they're both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground in ohio as polls hoe mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on tacks. >> i admit this one thing he did not do in his first four years, he has said he is going to do in the next four years which is to raise taxes, and is there anybody that
-american violence that he called a bump in the road. mitt romney argued it's no bump but a crisis that could have been managed better. nbc steve handelsman has the latest from washington. >> reporter: president obama headed to new york with critics asailing his priorities. he'll make another candidate appearance instead of meeting one on one with world leaders. no meetings scheduled with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who angered democrats by publicly demanding a tougher obama stance on iran. on "60 minutes," the president seemed to dismiss netanyahu has noise. >> any pressure that i feel is simply to do what's right for the american people. and i am going to block out any noise that's out there. >> reporter: the white house claimed what the president meant was -- >> his objective is to take every step possible to enhance his real security. >> reporter: mr. obama had downplayed anti-american rioting. >> i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> reporter: but after benghazi, the u.s. ambassador to libya assassinated, three mo
their current pension plan. >>> recent polls show that gop candidate mitt romney is trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa drawing attention today. because it's the first of a so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategies and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. election officials confirmed the request for absentee ballots in some areas are already up 30% over 2008. >>> he illustrated cartoon bombs, a bright red line and a warning to the world. a warning about iran. today israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu described his fears about iran producing a nuclear bomb. now, the international community is reacting. danielle lee has our story. >>> from a fight over the west bank to fears about a nuclear program. benjamin netanyahu spoke at the united nations. >> a great battle is being raged. >> reporter: just one day after mahmoud ahmadinejad accused the u.s. and the west of intimidation. >> a red line should be drawn right here before iran completes a second stage of nuclear enrichment
through diplomacy. and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york say not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america's own economy. >> reporter: it's the u.s. economy that president obama once seen as his main focus. steve handelsman, new york. >>> britain is reportedly set to extradite the most recognizable extremist to the united states. a european court decision yesterday cleared the way for terror suspects to be extradited after an eight-year legal battle. he faces terrorism charges including allegedly helping set up a terrorist training camp in oregon and having a hand in kidnapping westerners in yemen. the men could be deported within weeks. they argue that long sentences in the u.s. would amount to inhumane treatment. but the court did not agree. he now faces life in prison in the united states if convicted. >>>
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